Industrial Bolt Cutters
Initially designed to cut shipping bolt seals, industrial bolt cutters have found a range of applications in modern construction, metalwork and electrical work. The widespread use of these tools has inspired the manufacture of specialised versions, as well as models of different sizes with different ergonomics. The bolt cutter might be a simple tool, but choosing the right one does require some knowledge of the different features available.
Bolt Cutters in Professional Use
Heavy-duty bolt cutters are mainly used in construction and metalwork. This is where operators need durable jaws, made of molybdenum or chromium, which are alloys that have been tempered and heat treated. A strong jaw will make the cut easier and cleaner, not leaving the material chewed up, which is extremely important in precision metalwork. Cutting strong and dense materials like stainless steel is also possible with an industrial bolt cutter, but operators usually need to wear additional protective equipment.
Bolt Cutters for Electrical Use
Industrial bolt cutters used for electrical work can have a weaker jaw, as cabling is easier to cut through. However, models used in electrical work should always have rubber handles for insulation, to protect from electrocution accidents. Those who own a set of industrial pliers can possibly do without bolt cutters, as the pliers are designed for both cable cutting and stripping.
Size of the Cutter
Longer cutters mean more leverage and in turn more cutting torque. Cutters are designed with handles of different length. The choice depends on the diameter of the circular material that needs to be cut. Cutters with 300 millimetre handles can easily cut through materials which are up to 5 millimetres in diameter. However, for anything over 10 millimetres in diameter, the cutters should have handles of over 900 millimetres in length.
The jaws of a bolt cutter can become worn out and less effective over time, due to intense use. Some industrial models are made with removable jaws so operators can save money and simply replace the worn out part instead of the whole tool.